Police have named two suspects in the death of a French policewoman last night, and it is believed that they are the two holding a Paris kosher supermarket hostage this morning.
A 32-year-old man, Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene, a 26-year-old woman referred to as his girlfriend, are wanted in connection with a shooting last night that left Clarissa Jean-Philippe, a rookie municipal police officer, dead. The Telegraph reports that two men were already arrested in connection with her death.
Eyewitnesses at the kosher market hostage situation report that the shooters told negotiators “you know who I am,” leading authorities to suspect their involvement in Jean-Phillipe’s death.
According to The Guardian, Coulibaly has a criminal history of thefts and drug-related offenses, and may have traveled to the Middle East to train with terrorist cells along with Cherif Kouachi, one of the two brothers wanted in connection with Wednesday’s massacre at a French satirical magazine.
UPDATE (9:44 AM EST): The Guardian has more details about Coulibaly, highlighting his close connection with Kouachi:
He is 33 and from Juvisy-sur-Orge in Ile-de-France. According to Le Monde, Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi were two of the most committed followers of convicted terrorist Djamel Beghal . Telephone conversations reveal that the pair visited Beghal’s home in Murat in the south of France. Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, has been Coulibaly’s partner since 2010 and lived in his home while he was serving a prison sentence, Le Monde said.